As a practising psychotherapist/counsellor who is currently experiencing chronic insomnia and learning a great deal about this.
I wish to say that all the infomation available on Healthshare is indeed true but I wish to suggest a complementary psychological depth approach that also views Insomnia as a language of symbolic meaning which encourages the healing process by also being explored ie. one enters into relationship with the disorder. The old notion that the disorder is the key to its cure.
My insomnia, and probably all disorders of mind, require all of our inner/outer resources in order to heal and finally make sense.
Medically my continuing case of shingles is not allowing me to sleep but instead of only learning to fight/manage this disease I am listening to it. We are healing each other, it might be said.
I sense that only resisiting the Insomnia is part of the solution so again I am learning to enter into relationship with it. I am learning its language for the virus comes from within me.
Insomnia is a wake up call which demands to be attended to, hence we can not sleep. Fighting with it seems to make it worse.
Whatever the type of Insomnia paying attention to it from a multi disciplinary approach is the key.
My insomnia is a medical,psychological and metaphysical issue.
And I am learning al lot from this.
Treat Insomnia by all methods while understanding the language of its particular symptoms.
So the next time you cant sleep make a play of it. Let your creativity come out and do what you love in the dark of night, indulge, explore, welcome being awake. Ask your insomnia what it wants and give your insomnia your answer. Insomnia's cure also comes from within us.
You are always in charge.
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